sveta took us to st. isaac's! i love this cathedral. the outside isn't the prettiest of some that i've seen, but the inside is my favorite by far i think. most of the other cathedrals have pictures mostly of saints, and some of christ, but they're usually gruesome and dreary pictures. in saint isaac's... there are pictures depicting scenes from christ's life as well as other biblical events. and it's just beautiful. and so, i love it :) it took 40 years to build this place, and if you say "like the temple" russians get irritated. i don't really blame them... the guy who designed it died only a month after it was completed. oh! and the pictures were all painted lying down- like the sistine chapel.
after we were done around the top, we started wandering around the area. we ended up in this little shop that i thought looked like it might have russian fairytale books, which a few of us have been wanting. and it did! it was so exciting! i also found my mug in that store :) (i decided to get a mug from every country that i go to) it was a very happy day. and who did we run into in that random little store, down a random little street? sveta!!! our "tour guide/mom" here!! it was so cool! small world :) and.... next came the highlight of the day. we were checking out and we hear what sound like gun shots and hear tons of motorcycles. there's tons and tons of motorcycles going by. so after a few minutes we go outside and this is what we see. going on for at least a mile. i've never seen so many bikes in my entire life. it was awesome! there was so much energy there and tons of people lined up on the streets outside watching. it made me so happy. oh, the random things you see in russia :)